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Joan Warburg '45 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Reunion Weekend

BOSTON (June 28, 2010) — Simmons College graduate Joan Melber Warburg '45 recently received the Simmons College Lifetime Achievement Award during the college's annual Reunion Weekend. The Simmons College Lifetime Achievement Award honors an alumna who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, civic, and professional endeavors.

Warburg, a 1945 Simmons College graduate and a 1997 recipient of an honorary degree from Simmons, received the award in recognition of her dedicated leadership and her accomplishments as a community activist and philanthropist. Warburg helped found the New York Women's Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving economic security and justice for women and girls in New York City, and a similar group in Fairfield County (Conn.). She was the first woman to serve on the board of the Putnam Trust Company. In addition, she has served as a board member and officer for a wide range of groups, including the United Way, Group One Acting Company, National Young Audiences in New York City, and the American Committee on U.S.-Soviet relations in Washington, D.C.

At Simmons, Warburg was the first graduate and woman to chair the college's Board of Trustees. She also has served in several leadership positions at Simmons, including the Simmons Leadership Council, the Simmons Alumnae Association Executive Board, and a class officer for the Class of 1945. Among other support Warburg has provided the college is funding two scholarship funds, giving to every major capital campaign, and establishing the James P. and Joan M. Warburg Chair in International Relations.

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. It offers an undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and communications management, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women.